Twitter is sending out emails to owners of inactive accounts with a warning: sign in by December 11th. Or your account will be history and its username will be up for grabs again. Any account that hasn’t signed in for more than six months will receive the email alert. Update: Twitter has announced it’s delaying this process until it can implement a way to memorialize the accounts of people who’ve died.
“As part of our commitment to serve the public conversation, we’re working to clean up inactive accounts. To present more accurate, credible information people can trust across Twitter. Part of this effort is encouraging people to actively log-in and use Twitter. When they register an account, as stated in our inactive accounts policy,” a spokesperson said. “We have begun proactive outreach to many accounts who have not logged into Twitter in over six months to inform them that their accounts may be permanently removed due to prolonged inactivity.”
Twitter hasn’t yet said exactly when recouped usernames will be made available to existing users. The account removal process “will happen over many months, not just on a single day,” according to the spokesperson. So don’t expect some massive username rush to happen on December 12th. It might be awhile.
This doesn’t just affect people who’ve abandoned Twitter; it also stands to have an enormous impact on accounts belonging to the deceased.
Source: the verge